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Beth Houle, LMFT is a PhD candidate at Lee University researching ADHD and its effects on couples.
The purpose of this study is to examine how persons with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and their partners experience a romantic relationship or marriage while managing the symptoms of ADHD. ADHD is a disorder that affects not only children, but adults.
The objectives of this grounded theory study are to 1) to understand the experience of both the ADHD partner and the neurotypical partner 2) identify themes and/or triggers of emotional trauma that may contribute to long term progress for the couple 3) identify successful strategies that couples are using to manage ADHD within their relationship.
We are looking for couples who have at least one person with ADHD (or suspected ADHD) to participate in this study.
What will I be asked to do?
If you and your partner agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to answer some questions pertaining to your relationship. Once you register, each partner will be emailed the following items:
-Informed consent to sign (1-2 minutes)
-Demographics multiple form (2-5 minutes)
-ADHD evaluation consisting of 16 multiple choice items (5 minutes)
-Marital satisfaction multiple choice survey (5 minutes)
-Interview short answer questions (15-60 minutes)
What about privacy?
Your privacy during this study will be completely protected. Once you submit your paperwork, all identifying information will be removed from your answers and an non-identifying number will be assigned to your surveys.
Is there any risk to this study?
It is possible that filling out surveys and questions about your marriage and/or ADHD diagnosis will trigger uncomfortable emotions. You may stop the interview/stop answering questions at any time. If you decide after participating in this study that you would like to talk with someone further, referrals to therapists and counselors in the area will be available.
I don't like paperwork, but would like to like to participate. Can I still participate?
Yes. You may request to be a part of this study and be interviewed in person or through an online zoom call by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I sign up?
Discuss your participation with your partner and once you are both in agreement, you may register to participate by entering your information here.